Today, Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been released to manufacturing, and is now available for download and evaluation. The product will be generally available for purchase on November 1, 2012 and we expect hardware partners to be shipping systems by the end of the year. The product has already generated strong customer response with over 23,000 downloads of the public beta in just two months. We encourage customers and partners to visit the Microsoft download center and experience the exciting new features and functionalities offered by Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials, an edition of Windows Server 2012, gives small businesses the power to grow and simplify their path to the cloud with capabilities such as:
- Built-in disaster recovery. Protection from fire, theft or flood. Even if hardware should fail, Microsoft’s online backup service helps keep data safe and secure in the cloud.
- Consistent productivity. Quickly connect to the computers in the network and access all files and apps from virtually any location. Save time looking for scattered files, with the powerful and centralized data storage and sharing features.
- Flexible cloud solutions. Choose the right solution for your needs, with seamless integration and centralized administration of cloud services, such as Office 365, and on-premises applications.
For more information about Windows Server 2012 Essentials, please visit the Windows Server 2012 product page. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #Winserv and @MSServerCloud.